The lads were out training yesterday in cold weather, but at least they were able to go outside and train this season, which they couldn’t do during the freezing cold of last December and January.
Alan Pardew – underground heating a good investment by the club
That was not the case when Alan Pardew first arrived as last December the training grounds at Benton were both frozen and the lads couldn’t play on it, and had to train indoors.
During yesterday’s press conference Alan was asked about the new under-ground heating at Benton:
“It can be very important because when I first arrived I think I had about the training sessions in something like three or four weeks here, because we didn’t have that to play on.”
“And indoors is difficult and the players don’t like it.” “No, we’re very pleased with that – it was a good investment by us and hopefully it will bear fruit as we go through January and February.”
When Alan came out in early February, and said the Andy Carroll cash would be fully invested back into the club, we haven’ seen much of that but at least a small amount was invested into the under-ground heating, and that should pay big dividends in the seasons ahead.
There are only four or five clubs in England, who have underground heating at their training grounds and Newcastle are now one of those elite few clubs.
It will help Newcastle have a competitive advantage when the cold comes in over the winter months, and our lads will be able to put in full training sessions outside, as they did yesterday.
It’s good that Newcastle are improving the facilities, and the top-class infrastructure being built at the club will also help to attract top-class players to Newcastle.
The players were well wrapped up on Thursday, with woollen hats on to keep warm, and it was good to see Colo, Williamson and Tiote out there training with the rest of the lads.
It was interesting that Alan Pardew said that it was difficult to know if they would be ready for Saturday, until he saw how they came through the training sessions yesterday and today.
It seems that all of them have recovered physically from their injuries, and Alan said it was a matter of seeing if they are now ready to start for the first team.
We have to hope that at least two of them can start on Saturday afternoon against Swansea.